As published in the November 06 issue of the Parish Bulletin.
As we all strive for sanctity in this day and age, Pope Francis gives some practical help in reimaging the Beatitudes for our modern times.
— “Blessed are those who remain faithful while enduring evils inflicted on them by others and forgive them from their heart.
— “Blessed are those who look into the eyes of the abandoned and marginalized and show them their closeness.
— “Blessed are those who see God in every person and strive to make others also discover him.
— “Blessed are those who protect and care for our common home.
— “Blessed are those who renounce their own comfort in order to help others.
— “Blessed are those who pray and work for full communion between Christians.”
Pope Francis is reminding us to be sensitive to different situations continuously. We must see the signs of the times. In the face of many challenges to wholeness and unity- whether it is division, pollution, marginalization or injustice, we are all tasked to be disciples in the world. This short list of “Beatitudes” is a way of acting lovingly and mercifully in our world today.